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Trump Just Threatened To Shut Down NBC And Other TV News Networks That Criticize Him

An enraged President Trump just threatened to revoke the broadcast licenses for NBC and other US news networks that air content critical of him, saying that they peddle fake news.

“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Trump’s tweet came in response to a story published by NBC News, which said that Trump had sought to increase America’s nuclear arsenal tenfold after taking a look at a briefing slide that showed a reduction of the US nuclear arsenal since the 1960s. Trump’s baffling move prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call him a “f*cking moron”. NBC cited three officials who were reportedly in the room when Trump made the comments.

The presidetn wasn’t happy and fired off an angry response via Twitter:

Trump has regularly targeted news networks critical of him since January when he gave a press conference as President-elect and shouted down a CNN reporter as “fake news”. The term —which Trump says he invented— has since become one of his go-to insults when the media publishes critical coverage of the Trump administration.

However, it isn’t clear how Trump would be able to easily revoke broadcast licenses for any of the major networks simply because he disagrees with the content they air.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which oversees licensing, is an independent agency in the federal government, and isn’t required to follow orders directly from the White House as would branches of the executive like the Department of Justice, for instance.

Responding to Mr Trump’s musing about revoking licenses for broadcast networks critical of him, former US federal Prosecutor Preet Bharara called the President childish.

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